Village of Key Biscayne Manager Steven C. Williamson has selected Francis J. Sousa to be the Village’s next Chief of Police. Sousa will begin in mid-October.
“With his commitment to community policing, unbiased enforcement of the law, and ability to openly communicate both internally and externally, I am excited to appoint Francis Sousa as the new Chief of Police for the Village of Key Biscayne. I am confident that his energy, experience and leadership will take the KBPD to even higher levels and continue to ensure the safety and security of our village as a whole,” Williamson said. “We listened to what our residents wanted - someone who will be a strong leader while becoming an integral part of the fabric of this community - and I know that Francis will be welcomed by all our residents.”
Sousa comes to Key Biscayne after serving as the Assistant Chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, where he led and monitored all areas directly related to the operations bureau. With more than 22 years of broad experience in the police force, 15 of which have been in a supervisory or command capacity, Sousa has served in various units including patrol, marine, investigations, logistics, and administration. Sousa is trilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and possesses the executive management and vision to strengthen community trust while taking on public disorder and criminal issues large or small head-on.
Sousa was raised in New England and moved to South Florida in his teenage years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a 2019 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
“The Village of Key Biscayne is a thriving, engaged community that embraces diversity. I am looking forward to being a part of the Key Biscayne Police Department and the community,” said Sousa. “The KBPD is known for being an ethical and fair force that works closely with the residents to find solutions. My goal is to bring a new perspective into an already amazing team.”
The search for the new police chief began in June of 2021, with Williamson following a deliberate and professional progression that included listening to the community to understand their expectations and goals for the future of Key Biscayne’s law enforcement. The process included a citizen advisory task force, a community survey and public meeting, as well as a detailed vetting of many qualified candidates from across the country.
Just this year, the Key Biscayne Police Department was recognized with Excelsior Status, the highest recognition its accreditation agency bestows. The Village of Key Biscayne has consistently been ranked as one of the safest cities in Florida.Sousa’s offer is conditional as the Village awaits the results of a comprehensive background check